Getting Started

Hi, my name is Garrett Boon. I originally created this website as a fun project, and it developed into an outlet to share my knowledge about building model bridges. This website has come a long way since I first started it as a geocities site back in 2002. If you are interested, you can learn more about the history of www.garrettsbridges.com. Now this website boasts over 200 posts of pictures and articles about model bridges and towers. With so much information, I wouldn’t be surprised if you did not know where to start looking.

5 Steps Ebook

The ebook gives a good overview of how to build a model bridge from scratch. If you are new to this subject, this ebook will give a working knowledge of what you need to know.

What is In This Website

Information

I have three main categories in which I group most of the articles and posts. They are

You can find quick links to them under the “Model Bridge Info” tab on the main menu. The Design and Building categories have tons of articles written about various aspects (you guessed it) of building and designing bridges. For instance, I talk about different types of trusses, Lateral Bracing, Aspect Ratio, and share my thoughts and experiences from several of my personal bridges in the Design category. In the Building section I have basic information such as wood selection, joints, and glue choice. I also delve into some advanced topics such as Balsa stiffness, cutting your own wood strips, and bending wood.

Photos and Case Studies (Videos included)

I have numerous pictures from all the years I constructed bridges and towers. I have also collected photos from several competitions and have highlighted the better performing bridges. In addition, I went to YouTube to gather the best videos. I even made my own music video featuring a model bridge called the Bridge Builder Blues. It sounds corny but is rather quite fun.

If you have pictures of your own model bridge, you can submit them to me and I will post them here. This will give you and your bridge a chance to be seen by thousands of visitors every day.

Store – Kits and Plans

If you are looking for something more direct and easy to follow, check out my blueprints and model bridge kits.

Links and Resources

As much as I have tried, my website is not the end-all-be-all website of model bridges. I recognize this, and will direct you to other resources when necessary. I have collected some of the best bridge building websites on the internet and list them on my links page.

Searching for Specific Information

I highly recommend using the search bar in the right sidebar of all pages if you have a specific question. By searching for key words you will probably be able to find an article that will help to answer your question. If you don’t find anything, I would love to hear your question through the Contact form.

What’s Next?

I tend to keep adding things to this website, albeit slowly of late. Work takes up most of my time, but I still get a few breaks here and there. If you have suggestions, please let me know so that I can work on adding them to this website. I love hearing from my visitors, and welcome any feedback you may have.

Use this website as a tool to learn how to build a better bridge. Go forth and build.

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